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It started out as just another weekend in Las Vegas for Page 2's Bill Simmons and his buddies. You know the drill: blackjack, cocktails, cigarettes, hangover, blackjack, cocktails, cigarettes, hangover, blackjack . . . That's all the Sports Guy wanted. But when he sat down at a table at the Hard Rock, he got more. So much more.
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Don Corleone's got nothin' on Willie Mays when it comes to being a godfather -- not when the Say Hey Kid's ward is named Barry Bonds. (Let's see Michael, Sonny and Fredo try to top that.) Page 2's Jim Caple looks at the man whose legacy is about to bettered by his godson.

Illegal Motion The Daily Quickie
They've tinkered with Augusta National, and it's creating havoc at the Masters. Illegal Motion and Hootie Johnson say it just goes to show that this is one tradition that really can change with the times.
The Daily Quickie watched Kobe Bryant snooze through Sunday's first half, and sees something rotten in the state of Lakerdom. Plus, Phil Mickelson's way-better half, and Josh Beckett's cruise control.

10 BURNING QUESTIONS FOR PAUL MOLITOR
It's another few months until Paul Molitor officially enters the Hall of Fame. Page 2 sat the Mariners' new hitting coach down for 10 Burning Questions about how he's handling the wait.


Our dream finish for this year's Masters? Tiger facing John Daly in extra holes. That finish might be exciting enough to crack the top 10 list of most thrilling Masters finishes:

10]  Norman's long, sad walk (1996)
In an epic meltdown, Greg Norman led by six shots entering the final day, but blew the lead by the 11th hole. He shot a 78, while playing partner Nick Faldo shot 67 to win the green jacket.
9]  Burke's big comeback (1956)
Jack Burke Jr. hadn't won in three years and trailed amateur Ken Venturi by eight shots on the final day. Burke shot 71 while Venturi struggled with an 80, giving Burke the one-shot victory.
8]  Sarazen's shot heard 'round the world (1935)
Gene Sarazen's famous double-eagle on 15 on the final day set up a tie with Craig Wood and a Monday 36-hole playoff. Sarazen won by five strokes, shooting 24 straight pars at one point.
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MLB AL WEST ODDS TO WIN
2004 World Series Angels 8-1
2004 World Series Athletics 20-1
2004 World Series Mariners 30-1
2004 World Series Rangers 300-1


 
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UNSPOKEN QUESTIONS
It's time for the NHL and NBA playoffs -- and for Page 2's Ralph Wiley to ask the questions that no one else will.

ON BASEBALL
Derek Jeter has even more intangibles than you may realize.

HOLD THE HYPE
Page 2's Jason Whitlock says college hoops is an example of the overhype in sports.

THE SPORTS GUY
Yes, the Pistons are fine with Darko on the pine. But they'd be better with Melo on the floor.

WATER COOLER
It's the best day of the year -- Opening Day, the NCAA finale and Masters Monday.
If your favorite writer isn't on Page 2 today, click here to check out our full roster of columnists.


Another oldie-but-goodie from the vault: It's Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris, left, and actor Zach Braff. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.


Golf: The Masters
4 p.m. ET, USA
Will Tiger even make the cut?
 
NBA: New Jersey at Indiana
8 p.m. ET, ESPN
A battle of first-place teams.
 
NHL Playoffs: Dallas at Colorado
9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Dallas tries to even things up.  
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If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
• Thur., April 8: 715 and Beyond
• Wed., April 7: Who's on Steroids?
• Tue., April 6: Diary of a Rout
• Mon., April 5: Diamond Divinations

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• Hank Aaron: Baseball's Under-appreciated Legend
• Page 2's Day-by-Day Baseball Predictions
• Being . . . Allen Iverson
• The 100 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments
• All-Time World Series Rankings
• 100 Greatest Home Runs of All Time
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